13 ways to be more like Jesus

  1. Learn what he said. It seems obvious, but I need to say it.
  2. Do the things he said to do. Like any good teacher, the learning often happens by practicing, not just listening. Too often we expect perfection. Perhaps he didn’t. At first.
  3. Do things the way he did them. How did he live his life? What if we attached realistic time to the verbs? Walked from here to there. Spent time.
  4. Spend time with him. Conversation, hanging out, assuming that silence is presence rather than assuming it is judgment or disdain or detachment.
  5. Spend time with other people who are trying to be like him. Community. Conversation.
  6. Wrestle with hard questions. Instead of assuming easy answers.
  7. Do something that matters.
  8. Make mistakes. and then listen to his feedback, the way he worked with the 12. Because the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are full of arguments and mistakes and misunderstandings.
  9. Talk to the people he talked to, like his dad.
  10.  Be deliberate and intentional.
  11. Read what he read. We know it as the Old Testament. He knew it as the Law, the Prophets and the Writings.
  12. Go fishing.
  13. Pray for those who persecute you.
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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

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